A Bit of ‘Whimsy’

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to a bit of whimsy on exhibit now until June 27, 2017, weekdays from 9 AM-4 PM. This fanciful mixed-media exhibition will take you to “a smiley place.” It is meant to be odd, fun and fantastic. “Whimsy”- Mixed Media is being showcased in the Exhibition Gallery. The opening reception called, […]

Facets of the Underground Railroad Come to Light


I recently wrote about the Capitol Building from my trip to Washington D.C. in March. We arrived when the cherry blossoms were at their peak and blooming throughout the area, not just in the Tidal Basin. There are hundreds of pink, flower-laden trees framing the water and monuments nearby including the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin […]


A legacy of music for Swarthmore

When I saw the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in 1996, I was reminded of my high school band and orchestra director and how much he must have struggled to place instruments in our hands and introduce music into our lives. It was his life’s work. Thankfully for me and countless students, he performed this work while Director of Music at […]

It’s Mango Time on Marco Island

Marco Island is rolling in mangos this time of the year. You’ll find a mango tree in almost every backyard or side yard, surpassing even citrus and bananas in popularity. If you don’t have a mango, your neighbor for sure is going to have one loaded with fruit. And the trees will be producing more fruit than they can give […]

Mango’s to Host Meals of Hope Happy Hour

Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold its next “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at Mango’s Dockside Bistro at the Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Mango’s is graciously hosting this event, and is offering drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain Happy […]

Scouts Earn Highest Honor

Boy Scout Troop 234 welcomed seven new scouts to its ranks on May 20, 2017 at a special Crossover Ceremony at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The Scouts earned the highest honor in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, by completing a list of achievements, requirements and community service projects. Cub Master Randall Olsen presented each of the scouts with […]

‘A Texan’s Promise’ by Shelley Gray


“Maybe he wouldn’t leave her when he found out the truth. Maybe, just maybe, everything was going to be okay.” I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish novels. I’ve even made the trek to Sarasota, Florida for one of her book talks and signings at The Der Dutchman Restaurant. But […]

Mae’s May Visit With Newcomers

On May 10th, the Newcomers of Marco Island celebrated in style at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The ladies showed up decked out in their best hats and fashions for the special “May/Mae” themed luncheon. After enjoying a deliciously prepared lunch by Chef Bob, Bonnie Bozzo wowed the crowd as Mae West. Following the fabulous performance, prizes for best hat […]

Marco v. Maui . . . Green Sea Turtles


Bob McConville It’s Wednesday evening, May 17th just about 8 PM. I’m sitting in a hot tub with one arm around my lovely wife Cathy and the other hand is holding a glass of wine as I watch the sun set over the water. This certainly sounds like a great way to end an evening on Marco Island. The thing […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

An Insane Yet Fun Thrill Ride!

It’s no secret that comic book movies are the new hit theme for Hollywood. Comic books and movies are like peanut butter on bread. Delicious and tasty, but not for everyone, and it’s understandable. Most viewers are die-hard readers and fans familiar with the lore and history of the source material, there’s no shock there. It’s also no secret that […]